Here is how he ended the show:
“That’s our show for tonight. But, before we go, please consider donating to the non-profit I See Me —an organization dedicated to dismantling the school to prison pipeline by increasing literacy rates in children of color. If you can, donate to the link below.”
Committed to Literacy
Bham Now caught up with I See Me, Founder and CEO Devon Frazier about her organization receiving a “shout-out” from the popular comedian on national television.
She told us it was 20 years in the making.
“About 20 years ago, when I was a classroom teacher in Fairfield and reached out to him (Wood) to get him to read to my class for Read Across America. He didn’t know whether he was going to have a gig or anything like that—but he gave me his word.
He flew from LA, into Tennessee, then drove from Tennessee to Fairfield to read to my third graders, and then he drove back to Tennessee for a gig. I have been his biggest fan ever since. Just to know that he’s a man of his word. And to know how good his heart is, to do something like that.”
Fast Forward to Today
Now, nearly two decades later, Wood, Jr. is using his platform to support Frazier and I See Me.
“When I heard it last night, I literally was in tears and it brought me back to 20 years ago about his support and his support throughout the years. I was just literally in tears and just grateful to him,” Frazier added.
Also plan to attend their Literacy Summit will be held on June 21st and 22nd at Kress Building in downtown Birmingham.
Keynote speakers include renowned educator Dr. Ayanna Brown and Sonia Manzano, the actress who played “Maria” on Sesame Street.
Register for the event — HERE.
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